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    I latched onto the Run-DMC album "Raising Hell" when I was a kid. And after buying and revisiting it on CD again a few years ago, I was completely floored at how groundbreaking and brilliant it was. I'd call "Raising Hell" one of all-time favorites.

    It was good to read they might finally be on to who killed Jam Master Jay.

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    Suspect Named In Jam Master Jay Murder
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    April 17, 2007, 7:00 PM ET

    Federal prosecutors have alleged that a low-level career bandit may hold the key to one of the more high-profile mysteries of the hip-hop world: Who killed rap pioneer Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C.?

    In court papers, the prosecutors identify Ronald "Tenad" Washington as the armed accomplice of a second unidentified gunman who shot Jay, whose real name was Jason Mizell, inside his New York recording studio in 2002. They say Washington also is a suspect in the 1995 fatal shooting of Randy Walker, a close associate of the late rapper Tupac Shakur.

    The papers were filed earlier this month in the federal trial of Washington, who was convicted in a string of armed robberies that occurred just after Jay was killed. Prosecutors declined to discuss the unsolved slayings.

    A Mizell family spokesperson welcomed news that authorities had for the first time publicly identified a suspect, saying "We're relieved there's some information coming out, although we understand that it's not the full story."

    Washington, 45, has denied any connection to either the Mizell or Walker cases. In a sworn statement, he claimed hostile detectives had hounded him about the slaying of his "childhood friend" Mizell and other crimes. Washington's criminal record dates to 1982, and includes convictions for assault, drugs and grand larceny, authorities said.

    Mizell was gunned down Oct. 30, 2002, at his 24/7 recording studio in Queens. According to a performer there, a man wearing a black sweat suit appeared, embraced Mizell, pulled out a .40-caliber pistol and opened fire.

    A first round missed Mizell and injured another person. A second bullet, this one fired from point-blank range, entered the left side of Mizell's head. The shooter vanished.

    For his part, Washington "pointed his gun at those present in the studio, ordered them to get on the ground and provided cover for his associate to shoot and kill Jason Mizell," prosecutors said in court papers.

    While being sought for questioning in the Mizell case, Washington fled and lived in various motels, authorities said. He held up several fast-food restaurants and other businesses with a pellet gun before his arrest in December 2002.

    Prosecutors claim Washington was among three men involved in a fatal car chase with another hip-hop figure -- Walker -- on Nov. 30, 1995. The suspect allegedly fired a gun out a car window, killing Walker and causing his minivan to crash.

    Walker had performed with the group Live Squad under the name Stretch. He also was known for producing several songs for Shakur, victim of an unsolved murder in 1996 in Las Vegas.

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    Run-DMC is one of the greatest ROCK groups ever. The 2 first albums I received as a kid were Run-DMC's first and Dirty Deeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCJanko View Post
    Run-DMC is one of the greatest ROCK groups ever. The 2 first albums I received as a kid were Run-DMC's first and Dirty Deeds.

    Hell yeah.
    Pardon my ignorance, but I thought they were rap. Well, sorta. Rap and rock, kinda like Ice T and even the Chili Peppers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G3fan View Post
    Pardon my ignorance, but I thought they were rap. Well, sorta. Rap and rock, kinda like Ice T and even the Chili Peppers.
    They are technically rap, but they always thought of themselves as rockers, and you can see it in the lyrics. They were one of the only rap groups to use an actual guitarist (Eddie Martinez, who coincidentally did guitars on DLR's "Crazy From The Heat"). They were pioneers in what they did, and they are one of the few rap groups that actually made "music."
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    I am a long-time supporter of RUN-DMC, and they are one of the few rap artists whose music I bought over the years. To be fair, though, let's not call them rockers. To be sure, they used real guitars in their music rooted in rock, but it's not like they knew of any of the history of rock. People brought riffs to the table and they rapped over them. As a matter of fact, they knew very little about Aerosmith when the idea of re-making "Walk This Way" was presented to them (it wasn't their idea outright; at best, it was their producer or Russell's, who was managing them - I can't remember exactly who).

    It was a real shame when they took out Jason; RUN-DMC was not known for violence and the other stuff that goes with gangsta rap - the group was more of a party rap group, not unlike pop metal bands of the day. Hope this leads to the justice Jason deserves.
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    I thought I remember from early interviews that the boys from Run-DMC used to use Toys In The Attic for their early scratching?

    Even though I wasn't big on it at the time, these guys take me back to my internship at WRKS while I was in college, so they'll always have a special place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    I thought I remember from early interviews that the boys from Run-DMC used to use Toys In The Attic for their early scratching?

    Even though I wasn't big on it at the time, these guys take me back to my internship at WRKS while I was in college, so they'll always have a special place.
    That was likely some b.s. P.R. at the time that the record came out... a recent (last few years?) bio on tv of them had them saying that they weren't even familiar with the song (or possibly even the band, I can't remember all the details of the interview) when people in the studio came up with the idea to remake an old rock song into a rap song, which would refute the statement about them being familiar with Toys.
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    Flat out one of the greatest live acts I've ever seen. JMJ will forever be missed.

    Oh, and Raising Hell is the shit, AT! That was the first album I really dug when I was a kid. Peter Piper is just the shit. That song will never get old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuckaInA3Piece View Post
    Flat out one of the greatest live acts I've ever seen. JMJ will forever be missed.

    Oh, and Raising Hell is the shit, AT! That was the first album I really dug when I was a kid. Peter Piper is just the shit. That song will never get old.
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    one of my fave albums as well... i could rap along to most of (if not all of) the disc!
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